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Unique Sandbar Coastal Ecosystem in Cuba Calls for Climate Solutions

Unique Sandbar Coastal Ecosystem in Cuba Calls for Climate Solutions
By Ivet González

BARACOA, Cuba, May 19 2017 (IPS) – A battered bridge connects the centre
of Baracoa, Cuba´s oldest city, with a singular dark-sand sandbar, known
as Tibaracón, that forms on one of the banks of the Macaguaní River
where it flows into the Caribbean Sea in northeastern Cuba.… Continue reading

Cruises Could Be Big Winners in Cuba

Cruises Could Be Big Winners in Cuba
The once-taboo island lacks tourist infrastructure. Ship operators hope
to change that.
by Christopher Palmeri
May 11, 2017, 10:00 PM GMT+2

After President Barack Obama eased restrictions on American citizens
traveling to Cuba last year, airlines raced to start service from the
U.S. to 10 cities across the island. But they quickly learned… Continue reading

Cuba travel is still hot for Americans, new study says

Cuba travel is still hot for Americans, new study says
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
mwhitefield@miamiherald.com

Despite some U.S. airlines’ decisions to scale back service to Cuba or
abandon their Cuba routes, Americans’ interest in visiting the island is
still strong and there’s plenty of potential for growth, according to a
new travel study.

An analysis by The Boston Consulting Group released… Continue reading

Elderly Cuban couple still detained nearly a month after judge denies asylum

Elderly Cuban couple still detained nearly a month after judge denies asylum
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES AND ABEL FERNÁNDEZ
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

An elderly Cuban couple detained upon arrival at Miami International
airport following an end to the “wet foot, dry foot” immigration policy
remain in custody, almost a month after a judge denied their asylum
application.

Aquilino Caraballo and Georgina Hernández,… Continue reading

Neither CUPs nor CUCs, It’s Bucks That Reign in Cuba

Neither CUPs nor CUCs, It’s Bucks That Reign in Cuba

14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 3 May 2017 — The guard looks at him and
dismisses him as an undercover cop. “Are you coming to change dollars?
I’ll pay you at 90 cents,” he tells the customer while turning his back
on the security camera at the Currency Exchange (Cadeca). At… Continue reading

Starting a business in Cuba is more difficult for entrepreneurs of African descent

Starting a business in Cuba is more difficult for entrepreneurs of
African descent
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

The first Cuban chef with a Michelin star, and the chef — and owner — of
the private paladar where former President Barack Obama dined during
his trip to Cuba, have something more in common than love of cooking:
Both represent snippets… Continue reading

Is Cuba’s potential tourism growth a threat to the rest of the Caribbean?

Is Cuba’s potential tourism growth a threat to the rest of the Caribbean?
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
mwhitefield@miamiherald.com

You might think other Caribbean tourism destinations would be ready to
flip their sandals as Cuba’s tourism numbers continue to climb.

International visitors to Cuba last year rose by 13.9 percent to a
record 4 million, second only to the Dominican Republic (5.96… Continue reading

Cuba beach invaded by millions of crabs

Cuba beach invaded by millions of crabs
By NBC News
Published: April 25, 2017, 12:39 pm

CIENAGA DE ZAPATA, Cuba (NBC News) — Cuba’s Bay of Pigs has been invaded
again, this time not by U.S. backed anti-Castro forces, but by millions
of red, yellow and black landcrabs.

Each year, after the first spring rains, the crabs march for days… Continue reading

Crabs invade Cuba’s Bay of Pigs

Crabs invade Cuba’s Bay of Pigs
April 25, 2017, 10:59:00 AM EDT By Reuters
By Sarah Marsh

BAY OF PIGS, Cuba, April 25 (Reuters) – Cuba’s Bay of Pigs
has been invaded again, this time not by U.S.-backed anti-Castro
forces, but by millions of red, yellow and black landcrabs.
Each year, after the first spring rains, the crabs march for… Continue reading

Social justice in Cuba? No racism?

Commentary: Social justice in Cuba? No racism?
Javier Garcia-Bengochea
Guest Columnist

Privacy Policy
It ain’t what you don’t know that hurts you. It’s what you think you
know that just ain’t so … Hall of Fame pitcher Satchel Paige
paraphrasing Mark Twain.

It’s called fake news. For decades, Cuba has promoted a false narrative
regarding its revolution. A receptive media… Continue reading

Cuba needs new laws and stronger action targeting human trafficking – UN rights expert

Cuba needs new laws and stronger action targeting human trafficking – UN
rights expert

21 April 2017 – A United Nations human rights expert has urged Cuba to
consider introducing new legislation to ensure that everyone who falls
victim to trafficking in persons can be identified and helped, and the
authorities can take action against offenders.

“Although cases of trafficking… Continue reading

Green Gold From Cuba’s Fields

Green Gold From Cuba’s Fields

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 7 April 2017 – A shout disturbed
the morning’s tranquility. “Avocaaaaaaado!” shouted the roving salesman
as he toured the streets of Central Havana. Considered the “green gold”
of foods, this fruit could become an important source of income for the
island, due to the high level of consumption around the world.… Continue reading

In the twilight of the Castros

In the twilight of the Castros
By Stephen Kinzer APRIL 14, 2017
SANTA CLARA, Cuba

THIS PROVINCIAL CAPITAL in central Cuba throbbed with life on a recent
Saturday night. In one plaza, a Beatles cover band sang “Ticket to Ride”
for an enthusiastic crowd. Exuberant groups of gay men made their way
toward a club that stages drag shows and… Continue reading

It Is Forbidden To Sell Cheese In The Cuban Countryside

It Is Forbidden To Sell Cheese In The Cuban Countryside

14ymedio, Bertha Guillen, Candelaria, 11 April 2017 — The milk boils on
the rustic stove while on the table the cream is churned to make
butter. The whole family revolves around the modest production of
artisan cheese, a product targeted by the police and appealing to customers.

Roberto leaves the… Continue reading

Rice Without Pebbles For The Tourists

Rice Without Pebbles For The Tourists

14ymedio, Marta Requeiro, Miami, 13 April 2017 — I still have a clear
memory of the Cuban TV show Cocina a minuto, every Sunday before
noon. It disappeared, of course, when it was no longer possible to make
the recipes with what the people had at their disposal in the
refrigerator or the pantry… Continue reading

Cuba after Fidel Castro: Full of life, but it is life on the brink of death

Cuba after Fidel Castro: Full of life, but it is life on the brink of death
By ANNIKA HERNROTH-ROTHSTEIN • 4/10/17 8:00 PM

HAVANA — The young woman sees me watch in amazement as she gets up from
her seat and attempts to carry the four bags with her through the aisle
of the plane, and she gestures at them… Continue reading

In Cuba, young people are weighing professional dreams against the allure of the new economy

In Cuba, young people are weighing professional dreams against the
allure of the new economy
PRI’s The World
April 11, 2017 · 4:45 PM EDT
By Deepa Fernandes

Seven-year-old Havana resident Jennifer Alvarez loves school. Her
favorite subject is math, but “sometimes it’s complicated,” she says.
Alvarez is a sweet little girl, being raised by a single mother. It’s
not… Continue reading

What the Future Holds for U.S.-Cuba Relations

What the Future Holds for U.S.-Cuba Relations
Apr 11, 2017 Latin America North America

When the Obama administration reestablished U.S. diplomatic relations
with Cuba in December 2014, many experts predicted that it would bring a
flood of new money to the island, transforming its economy and political
culture for the better. Almost two-and-a-half years later, U.S. trade
with Cuba continues… Continue reading

Tips from a traveler to Cuba

Tips from a traveler to Cuba
By Amelia Rayno APRIL 7, 2017 — 1:45PM
AMELIA RAYNO

During a solo people-to-people tour of Cuba, I learned some important
things through trial and error. Here are some important tips I wish I’d
known before I went:

• Bring more cash than you think you need; prices across the country
wildly vary and… Continue reading

How to plan a Cuba trip without an organized tour

How to plan a Cuba trip without an organized tour
By KAREN SCHWARTZ | karenlschwartz@yahoo.com |
April 6, 2017 at 12:01 am

I’ve always been one to abide by the important rules. I carry car
insurance. I don’t cheat on my taxes, and when I decided to visit Cuba,
I wanted to comply with the U.S. government regulations for travel… Continue reading

The Thousand Faces of “Journalism”

The Thousand Faces of “Journalism” / Miriam Celaya

Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 29 March 2017 – An opinion piece
published in recent days by El Nuevo Herald gives me a disturbing
feeling of déjà vu. It is not the subject – overflowing with a number of
articles by different authors – but its focal point, which presents as
adequate a… Continue reading

What the tourist industry reveals about Cuba

What the tourist industry reveals about Cuba
The revolutionary economy is neither efficient nor fun
Apr 1st 2017 | HAVANA

TOURISTS whizz along the Malecón, Havana’s grand seaside boulevard, in
bright-red open-topped 1950s cars. Their selfie sticks wobble as they
try to film themselves. They move fast, for there are no traffic jams.
Cars are costly in Cuba ($50,000 for… Continue reading

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